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For the Faculty and Staff of The University of Texas at Arlington

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Online survey

Surveys to determine UT Arlington's designation as a top place to work

The Dallas Morning News has invited UT Arlington to compete for inclusion in the newspaper's first special edition of "Top Places to Work." All benefits-eligible faculty and staff will receive a survey in their UT Arlington e-mail boxes on Thursday, June 11, and the survey will remain open for 10 business days.

To provide full confidentiality, The Dallas Morning News has engaged Workplace Dynamics LLC, an independent research company, to conduct the survey and analyze the results. Paper surveys will be available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese for employees who do not have e-mail access. The surveys take about five minutes to complete.

The results are based solely on employee responses. Winners, who will be notified at the end of July, will be published in The Dallas Morning News in September. For more information, call Human Resources at 2-5554.

Kaushik De

Physicist will separate fact from fiction
in 'Angels & Demons'

Physics Professor Kaushik De will separate scientific fact from fiction in the film "Angels & Demons" in a free presentation at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June 24, at the Planetarium. The talk includes scenes from the film, photos of UT Arlington professors and graduate students working on the ATLAS particle detector on campus and in CERN, and an insider's view of the actual facility. He also will answer the lingering questions the film leaves in moviegoers' minds.

Starring Tom Hanks as Harvard Professor Robert Langdon, the film is a prequel to "The Da Vinci Code." Its plot blends fact and fiction into a tale of intrigue, involving antimatter stolen from CERN to destroy the Vatican, which is creating unprecedented interest in particle physics from the nonscientific public.

"The movie is a fun thriller," Dr. De says. "Some of it is scientifically accurate and some is in stark contrast with reality."

The story begins with the murder of a respected research physicist and the theft of antimatter from the 17-mile Large Hadron Collider (LHC) located at the CERN laboratory near Geneva. CERN is the world's most powerful particle accelerator and is familiar territory for De. UT Arlington built components for the ATLAS particle detector at the LHC and is the lead institution for the Southwest Tier 2 computing facilities that will analyze data collected from the giant detector. De is the computing operations coordinator for ATLAS in the United States.

Call the Planetarium at 2-1183 or visit www.ATLAS.ch/angels for more information or see the press release.

Suk Young Kang

Social Work grant supports study
on Korean immigrants

Suk-Young Kang, an assistant professor in the School of Social Work, is one of 10 tenure-track faculty members in Texas to receive research grants totaling $150,000 from the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health.

Dr. Kang will study the recent economic downturn's effect on depression among Korean immigrant elders in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. He specializes in mental and physical health among Asian immigrants in the United States.

Financial stress is a risk factor for depression, which in turn is linked to elder suicide, Kang says. Korean immigrants age 65 and older in the United States have a poverty rate of 19 percent and are more likely to be affected by financial crisis. However, limited resources and cultural stigma may prevent them from seeking treatment.

"The lack of reliable data creates a policy and programming vacuum regarding mental health issues faced by Korean immigrant elders," Kang said. "I believe this study's findings will begin to fill that void and will serve as the basis for a future study on the effectiveness of stress management in reducing depression."

The Hogg Foundation was founded in 1940 by the children of former Texas Gov. James Hogg to promote improved mental health for the people of Texas. The foundation's grants and programs support mental health consumer services, research, policy analysis and public education projects.

For more information, see the press release.

The Sixties at 40

Professor's book revisits '60s activism

Forty years after student activists spawned an era of social change, a book by Professor Ben Agger of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology explores the voices of the movement's leaders.

The Sixties at 40: Leaders and Activists Remember and Look Forward, is based on recent interviews with those activists. Published by Paradigm Publishers, the book has a release date of Aug. 3 and can be purchased at www.paradigmpublishers.com.

Many of those interviewed remain activists today, but time and experience have allowed them to transcend nostalgia and form more realistic perspectives on the past, present and how they foresee the future, Dr. Agger says.

He has written books on media and critical theory, including Postponing the Postmodern: Sociological Practices, Selves, and Theories and Fast Families, Virtual Children.

Graduate Studies offers grants to faculty for course modification

The Office of Graduate Studies is once again offering seed grants to graduate faculty to develop or modify graduate courses to include an intellectual engagement component for the fall 2009 semester. The grants aim to increase the number of graduate courses that provide opportunities for students to participate in a mutually beneficial partnership with an external organization in which students may directly experience and observe a course's conceptual and theoretical content in a real-world setting.

  MavPic Basketball camp

Follow the bouncing ball

Men's basketball coach Scott Cross offers instruction to kids attending the first session of the Maverick Boys Basketball Camp. Cross, who enters his fourth season as head coach next year, led UT Arlington to its first NCAA Tournament berth in 2008. Maverick athletic camps run throughout the summer.

Intellectual Engagement Seed Grants (I Engage Grants) will be awarded to support the following: (1) development of a graduate course that includes an intellectual engagement component, (2) addition of an intellectual engagement component to an existing graduate course or (3) improvement upon an intellectual engagement component that already exists within a graduate course. Up to $5,000 will be awarded, with a maximum individual award of $1,000.

The deadline to submit a proposal is Wednesday, July 1.

Show your Maverick, American pride

Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Arlington Fourth of July Parade on Saturday, July 4. Those planning to walk in the parade are expected to buy a shirt. To sign up and order shirts, contact Bonnie Rodriguez in Campus Activities and Community Programs at 2-2963 or bonnie@uta.edu. The deadline for ordering shirts is Wednesday, June 17.

Participants will be given the UT Arlington float number and should check in by 8:30 a.m. The parade lineup will be in student parking lot 49 (the South 40 lot). The parade route is approximately 2.5 miles and will run from 9-11:30 a.m. Wear comfortable shoes and bring water.

Computer Store offers specials

The UT Arlington Computer Store is offering a summer Back to School Computer Special on personal purchases for faculty, staff and students.

Buy a qualifying Mac and receive a free 8GB iPod Touch plus get a free Hewlett Packard All-in-One Printer. The iPod is free after a mail-in rebate of $229. No rebate is required for the printer.

The Computer Store is located in Ransom Hall, Room 113. Specials do not include institutional purchases.

Benefit Yourself

Culture Share (Welcoming Diversity Series)

We know you are proud of who you are and where you come from, and we want to hear more about you. Join us for this one-hour session to learn more about the culture and heritage of your fellow Mavericks. Presenters will be selected before the class and will be individuals who have attended the Welcoming Diversity class. Thursday, June 11, 4-5 p.m., Wetsel Service Center, Room 200. See a complete list of training classes.

Introduction to Adobe Illustrator CS3

Learn the basic differences and advantages of creating with Adobe Illustrator instead of using other bitmap graphics programs. Recognize the basics of the toolbox, canvas, swatches, layers, lines and fills. Create an eye-popping advertisement that can be printed any size at the highest quality. Register to attend. Wednesday, June 24, 2-4 p.m., Ransom Hall, Room 211A. See a complete list of OIT training classes.

Employment information

Check out UT Arlington employment opportunities at www.uta.edu/jobs. Have questions? Call 2-3461 or TDD 2-8139 or e-mail employment@uta.edu. The University of Texas at Arlington is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

In Quotes

Tier One funding
gains support

A building for the
21st century

Financial officers' roles are shifting

"It is not a guarantee of anything. But it gives the seven emerging research institutions the chance to compete to earn resources that will help them pursue major research university status."

"They spent a lot of money and did a lot of experimental stuff. It doesn't remind you of anything in the past. It's futuristic—unlike American Airlines Center or Rangers Ballpark, buildings that wanted to look old and play on nostalgia."

"What you're looking for in a down economy is what the real dangers are for the firm, and what also the potential for benefiting from the downturn is."

- President James D. Spaniolo on efforts by the 81st Texas Legislature to create more national research universities, often referred to as Tier One institutions. Star-Telegram.

- Architecture Professor Todd Hamilton on the new Cowboys Stadium in Arlington. Dallas Morning News.

- Dr. James Campbell Quick, an organizational behavior professor, on the changing roles of chief financial officers in today's economy. Collin County Business Press.

Sports Notes
  Michael Choice

Select company: Michael Choice is one of 36 athletes invited to the 2009 USA Baseball National Team Trials, which begin June 14.

Choice heads to USA Baseball National Team trials

Outfielder Michael Choice begins his quest to make the USA Baseball National Team on June 14 at the USA Baseball National Training Complex in Cary, N.C. A total of 36 of the top collegiate, non-draft eligible players in the country will compete for a spot on the 22-man roster. The USA Baseball National Team will tour Japan before playing in the World Baseball Challenge in Canada, July 18-26. The trials continue through June 24. Read our feature story on Michael Choice.

Six Mavericks compete in NCAA meet

High jumper Andrew Duncan, sprinters Cordero Gray and Jasmine Walls and the men's sprint relay team will represent UT Arlington in the NCAA Track and Field Championships starting today and continuing through Saturday in Fayetteville, Ark.

Duncan, a junior, cleared 6-10 1/4 in the high jump at the NCAA Regional to finish fifth. Gray, a sophomore, was third in the 100 meters at the regional, turning in a 10.26. Gray also received an at-large berth in the 200 meters, as did Walls for the women's team.

Gray, Jarid Vaughan, Takeshi Fujiwara and Byron Majors comprise the men's 4x100 relay team, which finished seventh at the regional. See Athletics for more information.

Going Out

Saturday, June 13 through Aug. 22 Master of Fine Arts Exhibition The second annual Master of Fine Arts Exhibition features works by a diverse group of graduate student artists at varying stages of their program of study. Free. The Gallery at UTA, Room 169, Fine Arts Building. Films will be screened concurrently in Room 2105. Hours are noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays through Aug. 22, with the exception of July 4. Contact the Department of Art and Art History at 2-2891.

Roadside Crosses by Jeffery Deaver

Tuesday, June 16 Evening with an Author Series—Jeffery Deaver The Star-Telegram with the Katrine Deakins and Helen Littauer Trusts and UT Arlington present the country's most noted authors in a series hosted by New York Times best-selling author Jeff Guinn. The featured guest is Jeffery Deaver, author of Roadside Crosses, which was released this week. He also has written The Bodies Left Behind and The Broken Window. Guinn will interview Deaver and moderate a question-and-answer session with the audience. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet Deaver and get their books autographed. Free. 7 p.m., Casa Manana Theatre, Fort Worth. Contact Maggie Estes at 2-1299.

Now through June 30 Cynthia Ann and Quanah Parker Trail Exhibit Heritage tourism exhibit sponsored by the Texas Lakes Trail Regional Heritage Tourism Program. Free and open to the public. Noon to 6 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday. Special visiting times can be arranged through the Gallery. Gallery 76102, Fort Worth Center, Santa Fe Station. Contact Megan Topham at 2-5908.

Ongoing UT Arlington Planetarium programs Summer shows include Ice Worlds, Bad Astronomy, Rock on Demand, The Secret of the Cardboard Rocket, matinees and $2 movies. Check the Planetarium Web site for upcoming shows. Contact the Planetarium at 2-1183 or planetarium@uta.edu for tickets.

(For an expanded list of events, see the UT Arlington Calendar)

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